The Wayne SWCD is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Soil and Water. Each one of Ohio's 88 counties has a local office. The Wayne was established by local election of the populace in 1947.
The public is invited to attend our Board Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, 8:00 pm at our office. Our office is located in the County Admistration Building in the lower level.
428 W. Liberty Street
Wooster, Ohio 44691.
330-262-2836 or 330-262-6452
The Dust Bowl of the 1930's.
NOAA Photo Library
It was the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s, a
time when drought
choked the Great Plains stretching across
The storms were the result of drought and poor agricultural practices. Grasslands, which held soil in place, had been plowed and replanted with wheat. With rain, the crop was abundant. But when drought struck in the 1930s, farmers continued to plow and plant. With no ground cover remaining, the winds whipped the soil skyward.
In 1941, the 94th Ohio General Assembly
passed House Bill
646, authorizing the formation of soil and water conservation districts
develop and implement programs to conserve soil, water and related
Between 1942 and 1963, soil conservation districts were formed in every